Lola, a beautiful chanteuse working in Nantes, is a kind soul. The love of her life, Michel, abandoned her seven years ago. In the cabaret where she works attracts a lot of foreign sailors. Among the ones we meet, Frankie, is clearly one of Lola's favorites. This young man loves her in his own way and he her little son, Yvon. Roland Cassard, is a young man also from Nantes. It appears working for a living doesn't appeal to him too much. One day, while strolling in town, Roland sees Lola, who he hasn't seen in the years after the war. Lola, who had loved Roland, brings him up to date about what has happened to her in those years. Jacques Demy's lovely account of Lola and Roland in his beloved city, also includes an elegant woman, Mme. Desnoyers and her daughter Cecile, who interact with both Roland and Frankie in this evocative story set in the Nantes where Mr. Demy celebrated in most of his films. It's a fitting tribute by the film maker to a city that he loved as it comes alive in this beautiful film. He was blessed with the magnificent black and white cinematography of Raoul Coutard, one of the best in France. Michel Legrand, who contributed the music score, gives a hint to another Jacques Demy film that will follow "Lola" in three years: "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg". In fact, there are parallels in "Lola" that can be seen in "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg", in the figures of Mme. Desnoyers and Roland Cassard. Only Cassard made it to the other film. Anouk Aime, one of France's loveliest actresses of all times, is seen as Lola. She does a marvelous job with this woman who has been cheated out of her happiness, but who doesn't have a mean bone in her body. Marc Michel is also effective as Roland Cassard. Allan Scott is brilliant at Frankie, another kind soul that gravitated, and loves Lola, even though he can't have her. Elina Labourdette makes the elegant Mme. Desnoyers come alive and the gorgeous Annie Duperoux does an excellent job with her Cecile. "Lola" is a wonderful film that shows the great Jacques Demy at his best!
Drama / Romance
Drama / Romance
A bored young man meets with his former girlfriend, now a cabaret dancer and single mother, and soon finds himself falling back in love with her.
June 15, 2020